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Definition of patronage:

  1. Business custom.
  2. Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
  3. Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of letters; patronage given to an author.
  4. The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor.
  5. The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
  6. To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend.


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